Halloween seems like the new Christmas, with pumpkins instead of trees and ornaments. I blame Martha Stewart, and her elaborately carved pumpkins. The templates can be found here. This is a list of the supplies you will need to carved a pumpkin that will make Martha proud.

The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit is designed to take some of the hard work out of cutting through a thick pumpkin. But I think these two pumpkin carving sets are so much more beautiful. The materials make them heirloom quality. The Brass and Walnut Pro Pumpkin Carving Tool Kit costs $27.50. The Seasons Deluxe Classic Carving Kit would make a wonderful gift, and at $19.99 isn’t much more than those orange plastic carving kits.

But if you’re like me you’re not crafty. Don’t waste your time carving a pumpkin that is just going to get mushy and have to be thrown away. Carve a Funkin and have your hard work last forever. Or if you’re really as untalented as I am, have someone else carve your pumpkins. Ask your florist or contact Masterpiece Pumpkins.

Update: TMZ also has templates to carve celebrity faces such as Madonna, Steve Jobs, and Charlie Sheen into your pumpkin. And they’re free.


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